Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Keller Estate

    A visually stunning winery at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Keller Estate features u...

  • Flowers Vineyard & Winery

    As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combin...

  • Valley of the Moon Winery

    Valley of the Moon Winery has been in operation longer than any other winery in the Glen Ellen ar...

  • The Lily

    The Lily Windmill is an authentic 16th Century design brick "ground-sail" mill. The five story f...

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014

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    Very floral nose. Lots of fruit on entrytable grapes, lemon. Some spiciness on the rear palate. Light on oak. Acid tartness is more apparent than butter. Pleasant enough wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Spann Vineyards Mo Zin 2012

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    Nice bouquet( 45 -60 min. decant), good color. Spice through out. Will buy again. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Cline Cellars Red Rhone Blend California Cashmere 2011

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    Saved a bottle of this for a few years. Have found it is different than the usual Cline Cashmere. A bit softer and less mourvedre. At five years the wine has turned a bit brickish at the edges and has lost some of its fruitiness and some pleasent acidity has taken it place. It has soft tannins on the finish but with noticable drying. Wish this b... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Gracenote Pinot Noir 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • No big secret that I was seduced by a well-known Snooth poster into the Myriad ... Pinot Noir grapes from our Sonoma Coast Sangiacomo Vineyard.  At the same time, our Tofanelli Vineyard crews (along with a bit of help from Riley our winery dog) energetically harvested 2.5 tons of Old Vine Semillon. This marks our second harvest in a row to beg... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harvest 2016


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A damn fine bottle of wine. Maybe the best I've had from that winery. Plenty of firm, dark berry firm, chewy tannins and a core of cedar, chocolate and spice with good acidty for a puckering mouthwatering finish. Really good for the money. Drink or hold - Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Deloach 'Russian River Valley' Zinfandel 2012

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    Wonderful zin, though not the big & ballsy style that many are used to. This is more refined and elegant than rustic. Plenty of briary blackberry aromas with spice, vanilla aromas, dried red berry filling it out. There is plenty of zip to the content with it's acidity and the tannins frame well. Drink now - Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel 2014

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    A bit jammy pop and pour but on the second day developed some tame fruitiness, spicy complexity and smooth tannins that make a really good zinfandel. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Went into town (Charlotte NC) to take in a tasting of 3 different high end CA ... 'Les Titans' Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2013Lagier-Meredith Syrah, Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2012Bien Nacido Vineyards Syrah, Santa Maria 2012 All three were excellent (except for the 1st bottle of the Bien Nacido which had something odd going on, the 2nd bottle was more... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


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